The nasal septum divides the left and right nostrils and plays a critical role in the structure of the nose. When there are problems with the septum, your nose can be impacted both functionally and cosmetically, which makes correcting a deviated septum a high priority. Septoplasty (deviated septum surgery) corrects the deviated septum functionally – opening up the nasal airway and improving breathing. Cosmetically, septum deviations often makes a nose look crooked or changes the shape of the nasal tip or nostrils. In these cases, septoplasty is commonly combined with other cosmetic surgery like rhinoplasty (nose job).
Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Surgery)
Is a Septoplasty Right for You?
The best candidates for septoplasty and functional nasal surgery typically present with the following characteristics:
- One- or two-sided breathing impairment
- Crooked nose
- Asymmetric nostril size or shape
- Nostril collapse while breathing
What Sets Dr. Mark Been’s Septoplasty Apart?
Dr. Mark Been is double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as ENT-Head and Neck surgery (otolaryngology). This training background has allowed Dr. Mark to develop the expertise necessary to appreciate the balance between physiologic and cosmetic objectives in nasal surgery. Therefore, when he performs septoplasty surgery, his goals are to make you breathe and look your best.
Septoplasty surgery is frequently combined with other nasal surgeries, including turbinate reduction, nasal valve surgery, and rhinoplasty surgery. The surgical plan is designed during your initial consultation with Dr. Been. He will discuss in detail with you what treatment options are recommended based on your nasal exam. At our office we utilize a state-of-the-art 3D imaging software that helps to demonstrate the problems that may exist with your septum, as well as simulate the intended surgical enhancements.
We perform this procedure in the comfort of our own surgical center, meaning you experience the utmost privacy and ease during your time with us. If you desire, we have an overnight suite in our office where you can stay to recover.
What to Expect after your Deviated Septum Surgery
For most patients, septoplasty surgery does not have an arduous recovery. You may experience mild discomfort and swelling during the first week. Dr. Been does not require nasal packing, which is much more comfortable as you recover. Nasal breathing will be stuffy until internal swelling subsides, but normal activities may be resumed within one to two weeks.